Another fierce competitor enters the hot market of compact and sub-compact everyday carry pistols – or EDCs for short: Ruger has just unveiled its new MAX-9, “a pistol with all the features of a full-sized handgun in a size that is comfortable for everyday carry,” according to the manufacturer's claim.
Chambered in 9mm Luger and featuring an alloy steel 3.2"/81 mm barrel, the Ruger MAX-9 is a striker-fired micro-compact gun with a very respectable 12+1 capacity even if It measures just 6"/152 mm long, with a slide width of less than 1"/25 mm and a weight of 18.4 oz/521 g. It has been in fact designed to fit comfortably in an inside-the-waistband holster or pocket holster, or even in a concealed carry purse.
Ruger MAX-9: available in Pro and Standard models
The MAX-9 construction includes a through-hardened alloy steel slide with black oxide finish, one-piece precision-machined fire control chassis and high-performance, glass-filled nylon grip frame. It comes with a long list if appreciable features, starting with a tritium fiber optic day/night front sight – the gun actually is optic ready for direct mounting of co-witnessed JPoint and Shield-pattern micro red dot sights. Rear sight is drift-adjustable.
Standard models are available with a 1911-style thumb safety, while Pro models are available without the external manual safety lever. An integrated trigger safety and a loaded chamber viewport for visual confirmation of a loaded or empty chamber, are standard in all models. Magazine release is reversible.
The new Ruger carry pistol ships with two E-Nickel TeNon coated magazines: one 12- and one 10-round, or two 10-round magazines. The 12-round magazine offers a finger grip extension floorplate. Price of both the Standard and Pro models in the US is $499.
Ruger MAX-9 specs and price
9mm Luger (9x19 mm)
|Overall Length: ||6"/152 mm|
|Barrel Length: ||3.2”/81 mm|
|Slide Width: |
|Weight:||18.4 oz/521 g|
|Magazine Capacity:||12+1 or 10+1 |
|Safety Options: |
With external manual safety lever (Standard Model) or without the external manual safety lever (Pro Model)
|Price (MSRP): ||499 USD |